Distinguished Alumni

As the liberal arts core of the University of Pittsburgh, the Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences is proud to have more than 90,000 alumni representing 42 academic departments and programs. Among our many distinguished graduates are:

  • Herbert W. Boyer, who earned MS and PhD degrees in the biological sciences from the Dietrich School and went on to receive numerous national and international awards for his pioneering work in genetic engineering, including both the 1989 National Medal of Technology and the 1990 National Medal of Science;
  • Michael W. Chabon, who earned his BA in English Writing from the Dietrich School and, among many honors for his works, received the 2001 Pulitzer Prize in Fiction for his novel The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay;
  • Paul C. Lauterbur, who earned his PhD in chemistry from the Dietrich School and received the 2003 Nobel Prize in Medicine for his contributions to the development of magnetic resonance imaging;
  • Wangari Muta Maathai, who earned her MS in the biological sciences from the Dietrich School and was awarded the 2004 Nobel Peace Prize for her environmental and human rights work in her native Kenya; and
  • Bert W. O’Malley, who earned his BS from the Dietrich School, in addition to his MD from Pitt’s School of Medicine, and received the 2007 National Medal of Science in recognition of his work as the “father” of molecular endocrinology.